We are pleased to announce Deep Dive Learning Presenter, Yasmin Vafa (Rights4Girls) and Innovation In Motion Presenter Emma Mayerson (Alliance for Girls) for In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls, October 11-13, 2017.

Join us at In Solidarity and learn more about the Abuse to Prison Pipeline, with Yasmin Vafa and the School to Prison Pipeline, with Emma Mayerson.


Strategies to interrupt the pipeline.

Yasmin Vafa is co-founder and Executive Director of Rights4Girls, a human rights organization working to end gender-based violence against vulnerable young women and girls in the U.S. Yasmin’s work and advocacy focus on the intersections between race, gender, violence, and the law. She educates the public and policymakers on these issues and how they affect the lives of marginalized women and girls. Yasmin has successfully advocated for passage of several anti-trafficking laws at the federal level, testified before Congressional committees and international human rights bodies, and co-authored a seminal report mapping girls’ unique pathways into the justice system: The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story. In 2016, the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus honored Yasmin with an award for her advocacy on behalf of trafficking victims. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Justice Advisory Team for the National Girls’ Initiative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the U.S., and the Advisory Committee for the D.C. Young Women’s Initiative.

Yasmin’s Deep Dive Learning Workshop: Bresha Meadows, Latesha Clay and the Abuse to Prison Pipeliene for Girls, will focus on the pathways of trauma and violence that funnel girls– and especially girls of color- into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The session will highlight the arrest and incarceration of child sex trafficking survivors and identify strategies to interrupt the pipeline and instead, offer survivors opportunities for support and healing.

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Meeting Girls Needs.

Emma Mayerson is the Founding Executive Director of Alliance for Girls (AFG), the nation’s largest regional alliance of girls’ organizations and champions, with a growing membership of 170 organizations and leaders serving more than 300,000 girls and young women every year in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alliance for Girls’ mission is to ensure girl-serving organizations are more connected, more effective and better able to prepare the girls of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. Emma is an experienced organizer and advocate for women and girls. She began her organizing career at Tufts University by cofounding the Tufts Labor Coalition, which organized Tufts students to act as advocates for, and in community with, Tufts janitors. After graduating she became a Community Organizing Resident with the Progressive Jewish Alliance, organizing the Jewish community in support of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Ms. Mayerson also worked with the Women’s Foundation of California and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Emma’s Innovation in Motion Workshop: Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline for Girls of Color: An Oakland Case Study, will discuss how Alliance for Girls, the nation’s largest regional alliance of girls’ organizations, partnered with Oakland Unified School District to enact the Meeting Girls Needs initiative. Through this initiative, OUSD adopted a new, girl-informed, model sexual harassment policy, implemented a girl-led training guide for front-line educators, and supported the launch of an OUSD African American Girls and Young Women Achievement Initiative. Now with the Meeting Girls Needs Toolkit you can bring this Initiative to your school or school system!

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Registration is Open!

Join us for three days of Learning, Strategizing, Connecting and Creating through: Full-day Pre-Conference Intensives; Front Porch Conversations; A Call to Solidarity Strategy Sessions; Deep Dive Learning Opportunities; Innovation in Motion Sessions, and visit our, Un-Exhibit Hall and Self-Care Room.

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Rise In Solidarity Together.

Change Maker, Trail Blazer, Champion, Innovator, Advocate, Ally – which are you? Support the advancement of healing, opportunity and justice for girls and young women by sponsoring the In Solidarity conference.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Holly Weems-Ladd at Holly@NationalCrittenton.org or, 503.297.2217.

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